Aug 21, 2009

Google Tricycle

Google's tricycle-mounted cameras are shooting footage of the 17th century gardens of France's Chateau de Versailles destined for its Street View service by year's end.

The tricycle carries nine cameras set to take automatic shots every six feet, providing footage of some of the most popular spots of the onetime home of Louis XIV, the main courtyard, Grand Canal, and Grand and Petit Trianon.

The palace and gardens on the western edge of Paris are visited by more than three million people a year. The pictures taken by the tricycle will complete those taken by car as it can get to places that aren't accessible to historically interesting pedestrian areas.

Google began its photographic campaign of France and next goes to the northern city of Lille and the Mont Saint-Michel abbey in western France, also a popular tourist site.